Week 10: The Forgotten Dead (Visualisation Project)

The Iraq War has been ongoing for over 7 years.  Under published, under reported; thousands of missing people and uncounted family members have been statistically forgotten.

THE FORGOTTEN DEAD                                                                                                              A representation of the Iraq war causalities and comparison between different forms of publications.

Why Visualisation?

Visualization offers a method for seeing the unseen.  It enriches the process of discovery and fosters profound and unexpected insights into, in this case, unreported casualties throughout the duration of the Iraqi war.

Visualisation is the practice of mapping data to visual form. It supports notion of exploration and analysis while also visually presenting the raw data that we have collected.

Why is visualization important? 

Computer systems generate and store massive and growing amounts of data. At the same time, advanced networks, distributed processing, and other developments allow unprecedented access to data. Data visualization offers one way to harness this infrastructure to find trends and correlations that  can lead to important discoveries.

Representing large amounts of disparate information in a visual form often allows you to see patterns that would otherwise be buried in vast, unconnected data sets. As opposed to the traditional hypothesis-and-test method of inquiry, which relies on asking the right questions, data visualizations bring themes and ideas to the surface, where they can be easily discerned. Visualizations allow you to understand and process enormous amounts of information quickly because it is all represented in a single image or animation. Moreover, virtually any kind of data from a broad range of academic disciplines can be represented visually, making data visualization a potentially valuable approach to learning for a large number of students and researchers.

Our visualization is based off different figures found from various sources. While originally our hypothesis was predicted to show causality rates from sources like Wiki Leaks to be much higher, once the data was collected and analyzed, it actually showcased the large disparity between the casualty rates of both USA and the Iraqi forces and civilians.




Visualizing the Wikileak’s War Logs









Research Limitations

  • Despite our research, it is important to note that there were also data limitations.
  • Reliability of numbers = estimations- surveys-soldiers reports
  • Different time frames
  • Recorded deaths through death certificates and hospital records
  • Process of research- which place had the most data easily accessible to the public
  • The amount of conflicting information
  • Gaps in recording and reporting suggest that even our highest totals to date may be missing many civilian deaths from violence

Articles –    Every Body Counts : An interview with John Sloboba Websites Official Website: http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ Iraq Body Count: http://iraq-body-count-project.co.tv/ Video – Iraq Body Count Exhibit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7-Fs825-5c Visualisation from the Organisation:  http://www.iraqbodycount.org/analysis/numbers/year-three/     Iraq Health Ministry Video –  151,000 dead in Iraq war  http://rt.com/news/dead-in-iraq-war/ Articles Iraq Health Ministry Figures by BBC News Counting Civilian Deaths in IraqBy washingtonpost.com Editors Websites Official website Wikkipedia – ‘Ministry of Health (Iraq)’   Iraq War Logs Articles Over One Million Iraqi Deaths Caused by US Occupation by Project Censored Blindly Accepting What U.S. Officials Were Telling Them By Ali Gharib   Websites Wikkileaks Danger Room by WIRED WikiLeaks Iraq FAQs: What the Logs Really Say by Spiegel   Other Visualizations Using WikkiLeaks Data Interactive Map by Spiega http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,724000,00.html   Map Representation of the Deaths: Wikileaks Iraq war logs: every death mapped http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/datablog/interactive/2010/oct/23/wikileaks-iraq-deaths-map   The Associated Press Articles US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,452 by Associated Press Iraqi Civilian Deaths Estimates by  Hannah Fischer from Knowledge Services   Video:  Iraq’s Bloodiest Day of 2010, Attacks Kill 100 –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQGJAsxo_-k Websites The official website http://nrcdata.ap.org/casualties/default.aspx?username=casualty&password=2005battle AP Casualty Database   <!–EndFragment–>

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